26 May 2016
Taipei, Taiwan
Reporter: Mark Dugdale

Vinson & Elkins opens new office


Vinson & Elkins has opened an office in Taipei with two intellectual property experts at the helm.

Firm partners David Tsai and Christopher Kao will oversee the new office, which will offer a range of services in multiple areas, including complex commercial litigation and intellectual property.

“Our presence in Taipei enhances the firm’s ability to meet the diverse set of legal challenges our clients face in the US and throughout the Asia Pacific,” commented Vinson & Elkins chairman Mark Kelly.

“For nearly a decade, David Tsai and Christopher Kao have helped develop and cultivate a thriving practice in Taiwan that now includes more than three dozen leading high technology and biotechnology companies and some of Taiwan’s strongest brands. We are confident that their leadership will enable Vinson & Elkins to meet the US legal needs of all our Taiwanese clients.”

Tsai, who together with Kao joined Vinson & Elkins from Perkins Coie in September 2015, handles a range of patent, trade secret, complex breach of contract, and product defect litigation.

His legal experience includes preparing and prosecuting US electrical engineering patent applications, drafting patentability, freedom-to-operate and non-infringement opinions, as well as patent interferences in the area of biotechnology.

He also represents clients in patent negotiations, licensing and overall intellectual property strategy.

Kao, an experienced trial lawyer, focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes, as well as high-stakes complex commercial litigation.

He also has particular experience representing clients in post-grant review proceedings before the US Patent and Trial Appeal Board.

“As home to many of the world’s leading computer, semiconductor, LED, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and renewable energy companies, Taiwan is among the top commercial hubs in the world and a hotspot for growth,” Tsai said. “Opening an office in Taipei makes strategic sense, and I am thrilled about the full-service legal assistance Vinson & Elkins will be able to provide our Taiwanese clients.”

“[Our]move into Taipei will greatly benefit the firm’s global IP and litigation practices while also generating synergies with our other offices and practice groups serving clients based in Asia,” added Darryl Woo, co-head of the Vinson & Elkins intellectual property practice group.

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